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Saturday, 11 October 2014

"Dracula" and Islam

"Fight those who believe not in Allah nor the Last Day, nor hold that forbidden which hath been forbidden by Allah and His Messenger, nor acknowledge the religion of Truth, (even if they are) of the People of the Book, until they pay the Jizya with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued." The Qur'an

Kind of in the "but at least he made the trains run on time" vein of compliment paid to a villain, it seems Vlad the Impaler took a stand against the jizya:
Atacul de noapte de la Târgovişte was a battle fought between forces of Vlad III the Impaler of Wallachia and Mehmed II of the Ottoman Empire on Thursday, June 17, 1462.

The conflict initially started with Vlad's refusal to pay the ax on non-Muslims to the Sultan and intensified when Vlad Ţepeş invaded Bulgaria and impaled over 23,000 Turks.

Mehmed then raised a great army with the objective to conquer Wallachia and annex it to his empire.
The two leaders fought a series of skirmishes, the most notable one being the Night Attack where Vlad Ţepeş attacked the Turkish camp in the night in an attempt to kill Mehmed.

The assassination attempt failed and Mehmed marched to the Wallachian capital of Târgovişte, where he discovered another 20,000 impaled Turks. Horrified, the Sultan and his troops retreated.

I was trying to explain to the CCD kids last week how the Church makes claims of no knowledge of anyone in particular being consigned to Hell, not even, say Judas, who might have repented even as he died, and who is, I believe, venerated in some places.

So no, it wouldn't surprise me, somehow, to learn that a particular Church or two might consider Dracula a saint.

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